Arts & Entertainment

Native plants series being offered by CIB

One way to go green and stay there is to plant native plants, as opposed to non-native species that can take more water, more energy and more work than their native counterparts. To elaborate on the benefits of going native, the Center for Inland Bays – in addition to their 5th annual Native Plant Sale at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, which will be held May 16 of this year – has organized a series of presentations, all of which will focus on the benefits of using native plants when gardening in the inland bays watershed.

Special Easter service to fill historic church

Contemporary artists to breathe life into Barratt’s Chapel for vigil service

Barratt’s Chapel – the oldest house of worship built by and for a Methodist Society that is still in
use in the United States – will once again come alive with an intimate one-of-a-kind Easter Vigil Service on Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

Maxwell takes pre-school to the max

If there’s one thing Linda Maxwell wants people to know about preschool, it’s this: It’s a place where a lot of learning goes on.

Coast Guard honors rescuers in October boat accident

On Friday, Feb. 20, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) took time to honor those who risked their lives to save five mariners last fall, when their 18-foot vessel was swamped by a rogue wave and capsized 7 miles off of Rehoboth Beach. Six members of the USCG Delaware Bays Sector braved the elements that took the life of one of the vessel’s crew on Oct. 9, 2008.

Rehoboth Art League steps it up

The Rehoboth Art League has been promoting artists and arts education for more than 70 years, offering exhibits and programs that stimulate the mind and capture the essence of Delaware. Now, under new executive director Karen McGrath – and with a healthy step into the 21st century by means of an updated Web site – the Rehoboth Art League is catering to even more Delawareans and visitors to the area.

Building the bridge

In the Coastal Point office, tacked to a wall, is a diagram of the Indian River Inlet, labeled “Construction Update: Beginning May 2006.” The diagram marks areas of planned closure and construction for the state park, campground and marina area near the bridge over the inlet, as officials prepared for the planned replacement of the failing bridge.

IR athletics starts cookin'

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a warm bowl of chili on a brisk winter day, and members of Indian River High’s athletic department are taking full advantage of that fact. Next month, the high school will host the First Annual Indian River Chili Cook-Off – just one of several fundraisers the school plans to present this year, in an effort to boost their athletic programs.

Sussex County middle schools accept Rachel's Challenge

April 20, 1999 – The date has been forever etched into the minds of parents and children alike as the nation’s most shocking school-shooting of its time. Just hearing the words “Columbine,” or “Littleton, Colorado,” gives chills to many people.

Winter Blues Ball to heat up scene with 'Fire and Ice'

For those that bemoan that winter is a dreary time to be at the beach, with nothing to do but trudge through until spring brings warmth and sunshine, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has just the ticket to warm things up a notch.

UD Professor leaves lasting legacy in book on 'Man and Nature'

Colleagues, friends, associates and family gathered in Georgetown on Tuesday for the release and book signing of the final work of the late Dr. William H. Williams, professor emeritus at the University of Delaware.

Soap project to aid local shelter

After facing a lack of funding at the beginning of this year, Diakonia – a homeless shelter in West Ocean City, Md. – was in dire straights. They knew something had to be done or they wouldn’t be able to provide emergency food and housing assistance to those who needed it most.

New book celebrates appeal of Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is a strange mix of timeless history and new tradition. Each year, the beach community swells as more and more people escape their previously hectic city lives for a taste of seaside serenity. And for many who have been taken in by Bethany’s charm, it all started with childhood trips to the seashore. Year after year, this summer pilgrimage was repeated, and now those memories compel many to share their love of Bethany with new generations.

SEDAST returns with fresh faces

With families and friends returning to the shore for the holiday weekend, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. But, for many, the Thanksgiving holiday brings with it something else: The SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) will return to the region, granting a free peek for the public into the studios and workings of some of the area’s most renowned artists and craftsmen.

Delaware Does More--Neighbors helping neighbors all winter long

Delaware Does More – a collaborative effort among local non-profits, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and others – kicked off Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford storage facility. Proposed by the food bank and United Way of Delaware, the statewide initiative has ambitious goals of raising 300,000 pounds of food and $250,000 this winter to help its neediest citizens by supplementing food supplies and offering utility assistance and emergency shelter for those less fortunate. Many of those people – because of things like layoffs and uncertainty in the housing market – put a new face on hunger.

Local projects aim to put extra portions on needy plates

Most U.S. households waste more food that they can imagine or would like to admit, and the United States collectively throws away a full quarter of its food. And restaurants – known these days for over-sized portions and being strangers to the “less-is-more” motto – are no different. So, Tony Parrill and the staff at Fat Tuna decided to do something about it.

Lively fall and winter scene ahead

While the height of the area’s busiest season is a few page-turns on the calendar behind us and the peak of shoulder-season events has passed us by, the ever-growing year-round nature of the Delaware shore area now provides a multitude of options for entertainment through the fall and winter. From independent films and art exhibits to athletic events and seasonal offerings, there’s plenty for beachgoers and inlanders of all ages.

Local students visit new nation in ancient place

For many students, their first chance to study abroad might be in college, if they ever get that chance at all. Jillian Harkness of Dagsboro got her chance this year as an 11th-grader and a member of 4-H.

Selbyville to host annual Spooktacular Parade

For more than 60 years, the town of Selbyville has celebrated Halloween with a parade, and this year is no exception. It’s time for the annual Spooktacular Parade.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, there will be food, fun and, of course, the timeless tradition of marching the streets of downtown Selbyville to celebrate the holiday.

Chilean native and local favorite releases second album

Isabel Umanzor recently held a release party at for her original CD “Siete Días” at Salsa Matteo’s in Bethany Beach. Umanzor has been working on this, her second CD, for almost two years, recording it at the AMI Seagull Studios at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. The songs are all original and have a personal and social theme.

Lighthouse offers beacon of hope to troubled moms

Just as an old lighthouse stands as a beacon of light and guidance for ships, The Lighthouse Women and Children’s Program exists to offer women with drug, alcohol and mental health issues with one thing often lost amidst the turmoil of addiction: hope.

Friends plan gathering to celebrate life of Powell

The spirit of Billy Powell will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Bethany Beach. Powell, a 1972 graduate of Indian River High School in Frankford, and a past Bethany Beach lifeguard and captain, died of melanoma in September 1983 at the age of 28.

Ice cream dreams come true at Hopkins Family Creamery

Driving down Route 9 just west of Five Points, near Lewes, it’s hard to miss the big silo with the cream cones on it. It’s enough to spark ice cream dreams — especially for its owners. For Christine Hopkins and her family, Hopkins Family Creamery was a five-year dream come true when they opened this June.

Art festival canceled due to tropical storm

While the annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival has traditionally has enjoyed great weather, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce representatives on Friday morning announced the cancellation of this Saturday's 2008 festival, due to the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Hanna in the area sometime Saturday evening.

UPDATED: Artists ready to take to the boardwalk

Weather threat scraps festival

Note: This event has been canceled due to Tropical Storm Hanna.

Boardwalk Art Festival opens new doors for artists

On Saturday, Sept. 6, downtown Bethany Beach will once again be transformed into a colorful spectacle of artistic beauty and talent. More than 130 fine artists and crafters will pour onto the boardwalk, transforming the ocean-set backdrop into a gallery of splendor for the 30th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, presented by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jazz Funeral to be hosted by ‘Friends of Summer’

For 23 years, the “Friends of Summer” have mourned the passing of the summer tourist season at Bethany Beach, Del. The town known as the “Quiet Resort” is the idyllic location where each year a group of faithful mourners respectfully lay to rest their beloved summer season on Labor Day.

Chamber’s arts festival expands

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s (BFACC) 30th annual award-winning Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features jewelry, art glass, pottery, sculpture, watercolor and oil painting, basketry, woodworking and much more. And the event is bigger and better than ever this year, according to the Chamber.

Millville fire hall to hold poker tournament

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 23, at its firehouse on Route 26. Entry fee is $100, with two $25 re-buys available.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Dealing begins at 7 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend. Up to $80,00 in prize money paid out depending on player participation.

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